The House ethics committee is investigating whether five Democratic lawmakers, one of which is Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson. The investigation centers around improper gifts in travel to Caribbean conferences 2007 and 2008.
Lumped in the investigation with thompson is: Charles Rangel of New York, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee; Carolyn Kilpatrick of Michigan; Donald Payne of New Jersey, and Donna Christensen, the delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The annual Multinational Business Conference on Caribbean affairs is held in a different Caribbean country each year, and is officially sponsored by the Carib News Foundation. The Carib News is a small Caribbean newspaper based in New York City.